Linguistics

Two Western Linguistics Program Students Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Congratulations to Maria José Palacios Figueroa and Kimberly Christensen

Read more about it HERE

Maria José Palacios Figueroa will graduate next month from WWU and then spend next year on a Fulbright to Brazil, teaching English to students who are studying to become English teachers. WWU photo/Rhys Logan

Maria José Palacios Figueroa

Photo of Kimberly Christensen

Kimberly Christensen

 

Western Washington Linguistics Program

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. There are many ways to pursue the study of language, and as in any scientific discipline, researchers have varied goals, distinct questions to pose, and different directions of research.  Some linguists study the grammar, or rule system, of language, and others are more interested in the social factors, such as gender, age, ethnicity and other variables, that influence how we use language. Still others study how languages change over time, how children acquire language, or how our brains process and produce language. Communication in today’s complex society requires knowledge of the workings of language in general and of specific languages as well as their interrelationship with their respective cultures. All Linguistics majors are expected to acquire knowledge of the workings of language at various levels and demonstrate data analysis and other methodological techniques used to study language. A student of linguistics will thereby significantly advance their understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity and will have the tools to work in and across disciplines to explore questions related to language, and to therefore understand and advance what it means to be human.

 


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Linguistics Program

Western Washington University

516 High Street, MS 9097

Bellingham, WA 98225

Location: Miller Hall 223

Phone: 360-650-3918, Fax: 360-650-6110